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By Ted Genoways

A harrowing research of the tortuous direction our nutrition items take—from slaughter to Spam

On the creation line in American packing-houses, there's one cardinal rule: the chain by no means slows. stressed to extend provide, the supervisors of meat-processing crops have repeatedly sped up the speed of conveyors, resulting in inhumane stipulations, elevated injuries, and foodstuff of questionable, usually risky caliber. within the Chain, acclaimed journalist Ted Genoways makes use of the tale of Hormel meals and its most famed product, Spam—a recession-era staple—to probe the kingdom of the meatpacking undefined, together with the growth of agribusiness and the results of immigrant hard work on center America.

Interviewing ratings of line employees, union leaders, hog farmers, and native politicians and activists, Genoways unearths an driven to its brink. alongside the way in which, he exposes alarming new tendencies: unwell or completely disabled employees, abused animals, water and soil pollutants, and mounting clash among small cities and immigrant labor.

The narrative strikes around the heartland—from Minnesota, to witness the cut-and-kill operation; to Iowa, to watch breeding and farrowing in giant hog barns; to Nebraska, to determine the stressful city corridor conferences and damaged home windows in response to the coming of Hispanic employees; and again to Minnesota, the place political refugees from Burma provide the group the facility it must struggle back.

A looking exposé within the culture of Upton Sinclair, Rachel Carson, and Eric Schlosser, The Chain is a enchanting tale and an pressing caution concerning the hidden expenses of the foodstuff we devour.

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